Ying Ying Met Relatives
On September 1912014, under a clear autumn sky with brisk air,an adoption ceremony took place at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The Yingke Law Firm from Beijing & the Lyon Technology Co.J Ltd. from Shanghai adopted giant panda Ying Ying. Yingke Law Firm has always attached importance to giant pandas and committed to improving the environment and condition of panda conservation. To show their dedication to China’s national treasure, the two companies co-sponsored the adoption program. Best wishe/to Ying Ying and may she grow up with health and happiness.
Chrysler Group (China) Sales Limited Adopts Ku Ku&Wei Wei
On August 22, 2014, the Chrysler Group (China) Sales Limited adopted two giant pandas and named them Ku Ku & Wei Wei in Chinese after its model, the Dodge JCUV to assist in panda conservation.
Japanese Association for Study of Chinese Traditional Medicines Adopts Guan Yuan
On September 171 2014, an adoption renewal ceremony for the giant panda Guan Yuan took place at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The Japanese Association for Study of Chinese Traditional Medicine adopted Guan Yuan from the year of2003 and decided to renew the agreement. 71le president of the association and 4Japanese nationals are avid panda fans who hope that through this ceremony giant panda conservation efforts will be promoted.
Dyson’s Thoughts on Giant Pandas
To create a healthier] cleaner environment for giant panda cubs and to ensure all laboratory and panda enclosures ue spotless, Dyson gifted 21 vacuum cleaners and 21 bladeless fans to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on July 24, 2014 Tan Hongming, the vice director of the Chengdu Panda Base, expressed his thanks to Dyson. He commented on the long term mission of protecting giant pandas and how the equipment would be used in every area of the Chengdu Panda Base. The machines would not only give pandas cooler and cleaner a conditions during the summer season, but would also make a more comfortable environment for researchers and panda keepers.
Ya’an Animal and Nature Film Festival
On October 18, 2014, China’s 7th Annual Ya’an Animal and Nature Film Festival took place in the city of Ya’an. The week-long festivities featured several documentary films, an eco-tourism and cultural forum, tours at the nearby Bifengxia Panda Base, bird watching tours and a photography competition. The purpose of the event was to create an exchange platform for documentaries with an animal and nature theme. Documentary films from over 10 countries and regions focused on environmental protection,were played throughout the week.
The festival showed nearly 30 screenings filmed both in China and abroad including 20 foreign animal and nature movies like “Wild Meat Tracking, Indian Buffalo in My Hometown”, “Shifting Undercurrents-Female Seaweed Collectors of the Gulf of Mannar”, The Tiger Death Chronicles” , and several other domestic movies on animals and nature.
The Ya’an Animal and Nature Film Festival was the first event arranged jointly by Ya’an and the China Film Archive’ since 2007, whose goal was to deliver a concept of eco-environment protection and harmony`between humans and.nature.
France’s Bears Stamp Launch
Every Year France’s postal service, La Poste, dedicates a block of stamps to endangered animals, and this year’s topic is bears.
A French comic book artist, Olivier Tallec,drew the four stamps. These stamps include the effigies of the polar bear, Andean spectacled bear,Kermode or “Spirit Bear”(a sub-species of the Nordz American black bear) and the giant panda.
The launch of these stamps was held at the Zooparc of Beauval where the two pandas Yuan Zi and Huan Huan have resided since January 2012. A date stamp with a panda was specially used
on this day.
Saint-Aignan the city of the zooparc and it’s namesake philatelic association, organized this launch. During the two day launch on March 21 and 22, 2014, a temporary post office was set up and several events took place in the zooparc. Crowds of stamp collectors and bears lovers specially came for these two days. I, Jerome Pouille, was invited by Andre Feller, the association’s president, and by Francoise Rodolphe and Delphine Delord, the zoo director. I was appointed a specific location for people to meet me and ask me questions about pandas and their conservation. It was an interesting educational event where children and adults leaned many things about the biology, lifestyle,behaviors, and threats against giant pandas. I organized a quick contest where those with the right answers were awarded stamps.
These two days provided an educational and interesting time for visitors to view the two pandas as it was during breeding season. The two pandas were highly active and vocal] and exhibited specific breeding behaviors such as territory marking. Yuan Zi and Huan Huan are too young to mate, but showed extreme interest in each other, which is a very good sign for the future.
Ju Xiao Births Triplets
On July 29, 2014, Ju Xiao gave birth to triplets at the Guangzhou Chimlong Safari Park. This marks the second set of triplets bore at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda and the fourth set of triplets born in captivity.
This past spring, Ju Xiao began showing signals of estrus. The conservation center sent staff members Wang Chengdong and Zhou Yingnlin to the Safari Park. Ju Xiao received two artificial insemination treatments with fresh samples collected from Lin Lin, a 14 year-old male, on March 26 and 27.
As early as July 4, Dong Chao, Ju Xiaols keeper,observed her displaying pre-delivery behaviors such as a decreased appetite and several days later joined by an increased nesting activities and anxiety. By mid July her actions clearly indicated an impending delivery. Research staff and keepers began observing her movements 24 bows a day until she gave birth to the first cub on July 29 at 1:10 am. The second cub arrived at 3:47am, and the third at 4:34am. Exhaustion set in and Ju Xiao was not able to care for all three newborn cubs alone. Staff members placed the three cubs in incubator to conduct physical examinations. The first cub weighed 90.5g, the second 83g,and the dlkd 124.4g.
The sudden appearance of triplets surprised everyone, but a sense of foreboding overshadowed
this celebratory time at the panda conservation center.The survival rate of giant panda triplets is very low and the first week is critical. The center sent another two staff members to assist with caring for the cubs. Long distance communication between the Conservation center and the Safari Park was carefully established to provide technological support. With excellent care by staff members, the panda mother and cubs remained stable and healthy Ju Xiao’s natural cub care was supplemented with assistance h:ore staff and the cubs were able to stay with the mother regularly. By early Octobey the cubs had grown to body weights of 230.6g, 245.3gJ and 333.4g respectively.
Ju Xiao was born in Wolong in 2002. She gave birth to a set of twins in 2010 and was then relocated to the Guangzhou Chimlong Safari Park in 2012.Under the excellent care and intact environment at Chindong Safari Park, Ju Xiao became a mother for the second time in her life.
Last year, a set of triplets was delivered the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding by Jiao Zi, a 19-year-old female. Sadly only one cub. Survived from the litter, the other two were still -borns. Lan Jingchao, a panda specialist said, “The health situation of a panda mother determines the survival rate of her cubs. Compared with Ju Xiao,Jiao Zi was much weaker The survival of triplets can be influenced by many factors and should be further researched. We congratulate Ju Xiao’s success.”
Xue Xue’s Return to the Wild
The State Forestry Administration launched the wild release of the giant panda Xue Xue
at the Liziping National Nature Reserve in the city of Ya’an, Sichuan province on October 14,
- Jointly hosted by the State Forestry Administration and the people’s government of Sichuan province, numerous leaders were in attendance at the event. Chen Fengxue, deputy director of the State Forestry Administration, Zhao Xueqian,deputy secretary general of people’s government of Sichuan province, and Ye Zhuang, Ya’an party secretary were present.
This was the fourth captive giant panda released into the wild. Prior to Xue Xue, the other pandas were Xiang Xiang, Tao Tao, and Zhang Xiang. The female Xue Xue weighed 55.8kg and was born on August 15, 2012. Xue Xue’s growth and behavior were documented, and after two years of pre-release training, she was deemed able to be released into the wild. Experts unanimously agreed to this after observing her over a trial period that she had developed all of the necessary skins to survive to include independently Ending food and water, and to avoid predators to name a few.
The State Forestry Administration began the wild reintroduction program in 2003 to prevent a decline in the giant panda gene pool. Xiang Xiang was the first captive giant panda that underwent this novel training region and was released into the wild in April 2006. Much was learned from this experience and the second phase of captive giant panda reintroduction training program was initiated. Giant pandas Tao Tao and Zhang Xiang were separately released to the wild in October 2012 and November 2013. With careful monitoring,researchers observed that Tao Tao and Zhang Xiang adjusted well to the wild. The hope is that Xue Xue’s return will facilitate the rejuvenation of wild giant panda populations in the Xiaoxiangling Mountains.
Liziping National Nature Reserve was formally listed as a giant panda reintroduction training base by the State Forestry Administration during the event. According to the administration, another
giant panda named Xin Yuan will be released in the second half of November.